Sowing Seed

sowing seed 5 Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The last snow is gone, the days are longer with the warmer temperatures, the flowers and trees began to bloom. After a long nap the earth is coming alive again. And I start planning  and thinking about planting our garden the first warm day we have. My wife always cautions me to wait (we had snow in May two years ago) but the itch to get started is hard to resist.

A garden is a lot of work. First you have to prepare the ground, then decide what you will plant. After you have planted, you have to water and fertilize, eliminate the weeds, this is an ongoing job, (weeds unlike plants need little encouragement to grow) and take precautions against insects. With good weather, just enough rain, and prayer, the garden will eventually provide a harvest of vegetables and fruit. Preparing the ground is  the most important part of the garden. And the seed. Even after you prepare the soil, where and how you plant the seeds will determine if they grow.

If the seeds do not have the proper nutrients they will not grow.

If the seeds are planted too shallow or too deep they will not grow.

If weeds are allowed to remain the seeds will be choked out

If the seeds do not receive enough water they will not germinate and will not grow.

As I planted our garden this year I thought about a different kind of seed.

Once a farmer went out to scatter seed in his fields. Some seeds fell along a trail where they were crushed underfoot by people walking by. Birds flew in and ate those seeds. Other seeds fell on gravel. Those seeds sprouted but soon withered, depleted of moisture under the scorching sun. Still other seeds landed among thorns where they grew for a while, but eventually the thorns stunted them so they couldn’t thrive or bear fruit. But some seeds fell into good soil—soft, moist, free from thorns. These seeds not only grew, but they also produced more seeds, a hundred times what the farmer originally planted. If you have ears, hear My meaning!” Luke 8:5-8

I see two applications in this Parable The first application reveals God as the sower, planting seeds through His word. We see in the parable that not all the seed grows, but God plants many seeds in order to ensure that some seeds bear fruit. The final harvest, however, is worth any amount of hard work.

* The second application concerns the soil of our heart and the seed that God wants to plant there.

I found this in my Promise Keepers study Bible

We have to be sure we prepare the soil so the seed takes root. We follow the example of the farmer. He has set aside time to plow, weed, fertilize and water the soil. The farmer knows good soil does not appear on its own. It requires planning, nurturing, cultivating ,and a great deal of effort.

Then same is true of our hearts. We must set aside time daily to:

Examine our heart and weed out every thought and attitude that will choke out the seeds God wants to plant there Cultivate our heart through prayer, and water it by meditating on God’s word and His purposes for our lives.When we prepare the soil of our hearts the seed God sows there will germinate, take root and produce a harvest.

This is not only for our benefit, but through our growth we become sowers also, following the example of our Father by sowing His seed in the world around us!

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*The Voice Bible commentary

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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1 Response to Sowing Seed

  1. ptl2010 says:

    It is hard to be consistently sowing on our own but as He engages us His laborers of love, we can keep on going.

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